Ami Bera defeats Dan Lungren in close California race

November 15, 2012

Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Calif.). (washingtonpost.com)

Democrat Ami Bera has ousted Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Calif.) to represent a Sacramento-area congressional seat, according to the Associated Press.

Bera’s lead has grown to more than 5,700 votes as officials continued counting 70,000 provisional and absentee ballots this week.

As of today, Bera had 51.11 percent of the vote compared to Lungren’s 48.89 percent, according to the AP.

The announcement of Bera’s victory comes at the end of orientation week for new House lawmakers — a process that Lungren is responsible for overseeing in his role as chairman of the House Administration Committee. That means that the man Bera worked to unseat has been training him on how to do his job.

Despite the close margin, Bera and other candidates in uncalled races were invited to attend orientation this week in case they eventually win their races.

With the Bera-Lungren race called, five House races — in Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina and Utah — remain unresolved. The Democratic candidate leads in each race.

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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